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North Korea and the Threat of Nuclear Annihilation

What is transparently clear is that political discussions in the United States around North Korea remain oblivious of the psychological effects of the war that persists into the seventh decade after its end. The advantage in political, social, cultural, and educational terms that the North Korean regime continues to derive from its masterful deployment of history and propaganda to keep in power and run the state itself as something of a concentration camp, is also not realised.

If there is anything that has been established with absolute veracity since the ascendancy of Donald J Trump to the White House, it is that the American President is a consummate liar. He has made liars of others as well, which is not a lesser offence. The Washington Post of 10 October reported that, in the 263 days since he had held office, Trump had advanced 1,318 false or misleading claims. Senior members of his own party, whose own ideological disposition tends towards the extremely conservative, have castigated him as wholly unreliable and a minuscule few have taken the step of declaring him as unfit for office. His last Republican predecessor, George W Bush, had once appeared to most liberals as a nightmare. Barack Obama, we have only to recall, received the Nobel Peace Prize merely for not being Bush. Given how the winds are blowing, it is not inconceivable that Trump may a few years hence receive the Nobel Peace Prize, merely—no mere mere, this one—for not having initiated the nuclear annihilation of another nation state.

Tragically, some liberals—it is not difficult being a liberal in the United States (US), even in these rugged times, if one accepts that minimally it only requires that one not be intellectually deranged and morally bankrupt—are now beginning to think of the 43rd President, who has recently attacked Trump without mentioning him by name as someone who is leading the country into a precipitous decline as a respected world power, as a “decent” man. They have evidently forgotten, or think it of no consequence, that Bush and his cohorts celebrated bombing Afghanistan, as they would say, into oblivion. If this savagery was not enough, the fiction of “Weapons of Mass Destruction” was deployed to enlist “the international community” in an illegal war against Iraq, the consequences of which can be seen in the incessant turmoil into which Iraq and much of West Asia has been plunged since early 2003 and the birthing of that Frankenstein monster called by various names, among them ISIS, ISIL, and Daesh.

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Updated On : 20th Nov, 2017
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